Police and CANASA come together on alarm issues
Recent alarm bylaw changes in Alberta have caught many alarm companies and monitoring stations by surprise, but rest assured that CANASA reacted quickly and has been representing your interests in meetings with police services in the province.
The Calgary Police Service has approved a phased-in approach to revise its current Alarm Services Bylaw 31M95. The first phase of the approach, which has been in effect since May 15, 2016, requires alarm agencies to conduct enhanced call verification. The next phase will include changes to permit fees and require alarm agencies to have alarm permits or 9-1-1 will no longer dispatch calls.
Effective June 1, the Edmonton Police Service will also no longer respond to any intrusion alarm not meeting the enhanced call verification requirements, per their Alarm Systems Bylaw 10922.
Finally, in an effort to reduce the amount of false dispatches each year, the Lethbridge Police Service will be enforcing its current Alarm System Bylaw 5078. Alarm owners have until July 1 to register for an alarm system permit to comply with requirements.
While these change may lead to a reduction in the number of false alarm fees incurred by alarm system owners, it may require many owners to update their protocols, not to mention that with such short notice some may incur additional business costs to meet compliance.
Kim Caron is the Chair of CANASA’s National Monitoring Station Committee (www.canasa.org).
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